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Official Pairings Announced for Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

Official Pairings Announced for Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

April 25, 2012

GREENSBORO, GA – The Chick-fil-A Bowl has announced the official pairings for the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. A 16-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in a two-man scramble format over 18 holes, vying for a first-place prize of $125,000 in scholarship funds. All participating teams will receive a portion of the $520,000 total scholarship purse.

In the event’s largest field to date, featured groups include conference and state rivalry pairings, as well as teams that have competed or are set to compete in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Alabama vs. Virginia Tech – 2009 and 2013, NC State vs. Tennessee – 2012). Official group pairings include:

Group One: Coach / Celebrity Tennessee: Derek Dooley / Stanley Morgan NC State: Tom O’Brien / Tom Gugliotta

Group Two: Alabama: Nick Saban / Johnny Musso Virginia Tech (’07 Champions): Frank Beamer / Dell Curry

Group Three: Florida State (’10 Champions): Jimbo Fisher / Terrell Buckley Miami: Al Golden / Gino Torretta

Group Four: Maryland: Randy Edsall / Stan Gelbaugh Virginia: Mike London / Jim Dombrowski

Group Five: Wake Forest: Jim Grobe / Riley Skinner Clemson: Steve Fuller

Group Six: Georgia Tech (`11 Champions): Paul Johnson / Jon Barry Ohio State: Urban Meyer / Jeff Logan

Group Seven: North Carolina: Larry Fedora / Roy Williams South Carolina (’08, `09 Champions): Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe

Group Eight: Mississippi State: Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary Mississippi: Hugh Freeze / Sean Tuohy

The nation’s premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 – May 1 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past five years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $2.55 million in scholarship and charitable contributions.

In addition to the $520,000 scholarship purse, a $135,000 charitable donation will be made to Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Homes. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s overall charitable and scholarship donations, which total more than $13 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.

The tournament is being taped by ESPN for broadcast in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer. For more information on the event, visit

About the Chick-fil-A Bowl The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 45th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 15 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $110 million in team payouts during its 44-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $13 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge head coach and celebrity golf event and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend which will host two games to open the 2012 season for the first time in its history.